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, there are lots of questions, one of which includes how police are handling this case. thelma gutierrez joins us live. was this a cult? what's going on here? >> reporter: don, obviously, there's some kind of a disconnect between the stories that the spouses told investigators and what now the women are telling investigators. so, we're not exactly sure exactly how this thing is going to come out, but i can tell you that they belong to a church here in palmdale. these women say that they just broke off from the church. they went off on these little prayer sessions that they would organize on their own. they routinely would come out to the desert and pray overnight and so, something happened, don, that made the husbands go into authorities and say, we're very concerned. authorities look through some of the belongings that these women left behind, cell phones, apparently letters that were interpreted as good-bye notes, and they wanted to know, were these children, eight children and five women, in any kind of danger. so, they said they wanted to err on the side of caution and so, they started this h
by a deadly fireball. we're getting this eyewitness view of the destruction. and the u.s. military gets animated. why it's ansforming the japanese/american security treaty into a comic book security line. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> happening right now, an american jailed more th a year is on the verge of heading home. a lawyer for sarah shod says she is set to be freed once her half million dollar bond is paid. her family says she's sick and an iranian prosecutor says that g bailed out. tein she'll have to leave behind h h fiance shane bauer and her friend josh fattal t. three have been jailed since july 31 of lastary. allegedly they strayed across iran aqi border into duri a hike. ey are accused in iran of being u.s. spies. the family's website says that sarah has been mostly held in confinement. given hour a day to visit her fiance. she could be hours from freedom but her bail hasn't been posted yet. reza sayah is monitoring the situation. st?t is the la >> reporter: well, the latest according to the lawyer representing sarah shourd is hat she is in iranian custody bec
, cnn, new york. >>> that does it for us. have a fabulous weekend. don lemon in for tony harris today. >> we're in the wrong business. we have to do something else besides this. have a great weekend, kyra. >>> live from studio 7 at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta, big stories for friday september 24th. comedian stephen colbert tells congress about his day as a migrant farm worker. >>> the military special ops weather team in action. a critical unit when war depends on the battlefield forecast. >> what does this have to do with weather? >> well, you have to be alive to report the weather. >>> and home, after more than a year in an iran prison, sarah shourd sits down today with cnn. >> nothing in life can prepare you for something like this. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm don lemon. tony is off today. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >> but, up first, mr. colbert goes to washington. comedy central funny man stephen colbert brings his spin to serious issues, farm labor and immigration. he testified momenting ago before a congressional subco
five months ago causing the largest oil spill in u.s. history. >>> pope benedict xvi expressing deep sympathy for the conflict that has hit the catholic church. >> you are at the spot where a lot of people are coming together for his next public event? >> reporter: this is hyde park in london where the park will end with a prayer vigil that is expected to be attended by around 80,000 people or so. i can tell you that there are easily tens of thousands of people here already and the headlines are still about three hours or so away. it has been a busy day for the pope. it started with a meeting with the british prime minister at london's westminster cathedral. it was there he touched on that story that follows him everywhere. the child abuse scandal. he spoke of how everyone within the church feels shame and humiliation as what members of the clergy have done. take a listen. >> to cause abuse of children, especially since the church. above all, i express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of this despicable crime along with my hope that the power of christ, his sacrifice of reconci
facebook page, i. facebook.com/ali velshi. make sure u join us every week for "your money." you can log on 24/7 to cnoney.com. have a great weekend. >>> san bruno california residents are going back to their homes, three days after the devastating natural gas explosion. and then there are also new pictures we're beginning to get in about how strong that explosion was. and hurricane igor is now a major category 4 storm. we'll tell you where it is and wheris hened. and today's estion in the chat room -- are your pants lying to you? why your size 36 pan nts mayot be. hello, everyone, i'm fredricka witfield, you're in the cnnro ns room. we get started with the latest from san bruno, california. some residents are beingk escorted back to their homes right now. but residents whose homes were badly damaged won't be among those going back today. we're expecting to hear an update from the coroner's office as well, shortly on the examination of new remains found in the debris. it's unknown right now if the remains are human or anal. six people aretill unaccounted for. >>> meanwhile, the investiga
and fire. 37 homes were destroyed. cnn's ted rowlands is live in san bruno today. give us an idea of what these residents were able to see. >> well, fredricka, we're talking about the people that were just outside that perimeter of the blast zone. the homes that were completely demolished, that's still a crime scene. and investigators are still literally sifting through the dirt there looking foiar any potential evidence or potential hun remains. but it's those people that live in the surrounding homes, the ones that are still standing, that have been out of their homes since the thursday explosion. they were allowed back today.us last jt hour and a half. they've been going back into their homes, and whngat they're seeing is, yes, their home is intact. but they're seeing thetr neighborhood completely destroyed. it's a pretty emotional scene, as you can imagine out there on the hill. meanwhile, the questions ontinue as to how this happened. and theng investigation is movi too slowly for a lot of people here. politicians have urged the investigators to pick up the pace or at least deliver i
in iranian prison, sarah shourd is back on u.s. soil and talking about her ordeal and her health that is straight ahead. >>> and missing members of a so-called cult-like church are found alive and well. authorities had feared that they were planning a mass suicide. a live report just a few minutes away. >>> and women and girls lured to the u.s., then forced to have sex. the shadowy underworld with of sex trafficking this hour and at 5:00 eastern. >>> freed american hiker, sarah shourd, is back home in the united states but she says she feels like she is only one-third free. speaking to reporters in new york less than an hour ago, she made an emotional plea for the release of her two companions, shane bauer and josh fattal. >> shane and josh do not deserve to be in prison one day longer than i was. we committed no crime. and we are not spies. we in no way intended any harm to the iranian government or its people and believe a huge misunderstanding led to our detention and prolonged imprisonment. shane, josh and had i no knowledge of our proximity to the iran/iraq border when we we
.com. do it. have a great weekend. >>> an american held prison in iran heads home before heading to the u.s. sarah shourd spoke publicly. >>> pope benedict talks about the sexual problems with the catholic church. >>> we have the latest on preparations for hurricane igor. >>> our top story. sarah shourd is expected to head home to the united states sometime tomorrow before boarding a flight, she talked about her two companions. >> i want to begin by thanking his majesty, the saltan for welcoming me to this beautiful country upon my release. i want to extend my gratitude to the american ambassador and his wife for hosting my family and i during our unfortunately brief stay. i have a deep appreciation for the doctor for bringing me from th tehran. for the engagement in my life and the life of my fiance and dear friend for the past 13 and a half months. it would be a pleasure to return and it is my deepest, deepest hope that i would be able to show shane and josh the grand mosque soon, one of the most peaceful and powerful places of worship i have ever seen. i will always associate your countr
. >> that does it for us. thanks for joining us. i'll see you back here tomorrow morning. brooke bad dwin in for tony harry today. >>> the big stories for tuesday, september 21st starting with bp's spilled oil seeping under the beautiful white sand beaches there in florida but apparently nobody's allowed to dig it up. >> i can't build a sand castle. >> what are you digging for? >> i'm digging in the sand. >> are you digging for oil product? >>> we followed his heart-tugging journey for a year. a florida teen set on fire finishing his long and painful burn treatments today. >> it feels good. i'm free. >>> hart today, president obama awards the medal of honor to an air force tech who died on a top secret mission to laos. >> i live it every day. it haunts me. >> and, good morning, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin in for tony harris. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> want to begin this hour with a question for you. what if the gulf oil spill saturated florida's beaches? i'm talking getting deep, deep down in there, but the law wouldn't allow anyone to c
are it's not you, then someone you know is using drugs illegally. and the economy has a whole lot to do with what kind. we'll explain why drug consumption is up this year. >>> the pope caught his followers off guard with comments on the sex abuse scandal rocking the catholic church. is it an official apology? >>> why did the baby cross the road? and why didn't anybody stop? >>> the new darling of the tea part yy cancels all of her sund morning talk show appearances. we have the tv clip that just might explain why. >>> i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. an american woman is on her way home after spending more than a year captive in iran. sarah shourd today left oman where she was staying. shourd is one of three american hikers detained by iran after they allegedly crossed over the border from iraq in july of 2009. as our nic robertson reports, her journey home is somewhat bittersweet. >> reporter: sarah shourd looked a little more relaxed. she appeared to have caught a little sun. she said she had been permitted to visit the grand mosque. she was introduced by her uncle but, aga
you could be a taliban member and kill american soldiers. the u.s. military is so upset about this that te game has been banned from being sold on most u.s. army bases. the good news, i suppose, is here's a situation in which the united stas could have a decisive victory over the taliban. too bad it's just a game. thanks for joining my program this week. i will see you next week. >>> will this be the day iran finally freeze an america hiker? >>> three days after that deadly explosion in san bro, californ, workers return to their devastating neighborhood. >>> modern-day flavor in the united states. we've have the shocking results of seven-year investigation. you're in the cnn newsroom. i'm fredricka whitfield. we're waiting to see if iran is going to free detained u.s. hiker sarah shourd. shourd is one of three american hikers arrested in iran more than a year ago and accused of spying. late last week, iran announced shourd would be released, then said she wouldn't, but there'sw new hope today. we're filled in on this latest back and forth. as another delay by the iran governme
need us. >> reporter: they hold services in their homes or small places. they say the traditional catholic church is not meeting their needs. >> reporter: if you could have a meeting with the pope what would you say to him? >> i don't think i would like a meeting with him. i don't think he's open. itis a huge roadblock. >> reporter: it's the roadblock they were trying to remove. the catholic church is resisting. >> is it up to god? >> yeah, i think it is up to god. i think god said to me, you can be ordained. >>> a look at the headlines now. a freed american hiker is talking about her release. she hopes the two americans still held in iran hopes they get out soon. vowing to fight onley sa murkowski says she will ride on. she lost the primary to a newcomer backed by the tea party movement. >>> hurricane igor is expected to hit bermuda tomorrow night. we are your hurricane headquarter. stay with us for the latest on igor and the other storms in the atlantic. >>> we are in england where protesters are protesting the pope. today, the pope met with victims of the abuse. john allen is o
. >> yeah. it affects all of us. that's for sure. josh, thanks. >> thanks. >>> now let's fast forward to a couple events today. president obama's expected to talk more about the economy and jobs later this hour delivering remarks at the export council meeting at the white house at 9:45 eastern time. at the top of the hour, the government releases the annual poverty report. this year's numbers are expected to be a grim reflection of our lousy economy. the findings due to be announced about 10:00 eastern. we'll bring them to you. >>> california's governor wants the white house to declare san bruno a disaster after the horrific gas explosion and fire a week ago today. three people are still missing. four people were killed. and more than three dozen homes were completely destroyed. the feds are looking at the ruptured pipe to see what went wrong. but a consumer watchdog group has an idea of what we went wrong claiming that the utility pg&e planned to replace a section of the that pipeline about three years ago and raised rates on customers to pay for it but it didn't happen. the watchdog
in new york within the next couple of hours. our susan candiotti is in new york for us. susan, good morning to you. it seems sarah already has an itinerary set for her when she gets back. >> reporter: oh, that's right. she'll be busy with a news conference, or at least reading from a prepared statement when she gets back. of course, we're all looking forward to hearing that. you know, t.j., you can certainly be sure this will be a day of mixed emotions for sarah shourd. of course, she will be thrilled to be setting foot on u.s. soil for the first time in more than 13 months, but after all, she is leaving behind her two friends, including her fiance, shane bauer, to whom she became engaged while she was in prison in iran, as well as her other friend josh fattal. of course, they were released from iran and arrived in oman earlier this week. on tuesday she was met which her mom and her uncle at the time. and this followed secret negotiations that took place. our senior correspondent nic robertson has learned they began about eight months ago, and at first, he said, he learned from oman
of tea. yesterday's elections in seven states and the district of columbia gave us the biggest day in politics we'll see until the actual november midterms. here are the big winners. in delaware, starting things off, this tiny state making big headlines. the tea party darling, christine o'donnell, captures the republican senate race. new york city, democratic senator char rangel easily fends off the right to seek a 21st term. a big deal, expected to win, but remember he's awaiting an ethics trial back in washington, d.c. also in washington, d.c., the city council chairman vincent gray upset the city mayor, adrian fent any a democratic may oral race and paladino, millionaire from buffalo scores defeating the candidate in the new york republican race for governor. the delaware race, the marquise matchup. tiny state but making big headlines. o'donnell backed pie the tea party and sarah palin's blessen easily turned away a nine-term delaware congressman mike castle for the right to seek the senate's seat job joe biden held for some 36 year. republican leaders until a short time ago see
yellin joining us from dover. a pretty big upset, yes? >> reporter: huge, kyra. huge upset. christine o'donnell was far behind in the polls. had significantly less money and was being gunned for by national republicans and republicans in her own state who are running, running in a campaign essentially against her. she was up against the establishment supported candidate mike castle, nine-term congressman from this state. very well-known. but she surprised everyone and won last night. the big question now is can she go on and win in a general election? this is a state that's heavily democratic and there's news now, kyra, the national republicans have said essentially because they think she cannot win they're not going to pour money into her race. i got a chance to talk to her last night and asked her what she thinks of the fact that the national republicans won't support her. here's a bit of that interview. we've been told this evening gnat national republicans, party organization that often funds campaigns like yours is not going to fund yours and many national republicans said simply y
go, but it is going to cost. reza sayah is on the story for us this morning. reza, good morning to you. how much does i iran want? >> reporter: $500,000, t.j. that's how much they want. this has been a bizarre process in iran, and no doubt a difficult one for sarah shourd and her family to go through, of course. initially iranian officials came out last week and said sarah shourd would be released. then they said she wouldn't be released. and now today, again, they're saying she c be released, in exchange for half a million dollars in bail money. the latest twist came today at a news conference by tehran's revolutionary court prosecutor. the prosecutor saying today that shourd's f sarah medical condition, iran is offering to release her for that ba ail money. i don't think there is any doubt that her famy is somehow going to come up with thatmoney. it is not clear at this point when that's going to happen and when she will be allowed to leave the country. as far as the other two hikers go, shane bauer and joshua fattal, the prosecutor said today they're not going anywhere, they'
to be addressed right now. at about 1:45 yesterday, they were reported missing by two gentlemen, and they told us that their wives, one of their wives especially may, in fact, be under the influence of this cult-like group leader and they were concerned. we are right now searching. it is palmdale, in northern los angeles county. a massive geographic challenge. we have people on horseback, in the air. major crimes bureau tracking down leads. >> i think we're looking at the image of one of the people who reportedly is with this group based on what you say, a family's description, saying they were a little concerned that she and others may be in trouble? >> yes, that's true. they came and said that they may be under the influence of this cult-like group leader and may be problems ahead. >> okay, so, steve, i'm wondering too, this group reportedly was in a prayer meeting earlier yesterday morning, correct? and from there, they, what? got into a couple of vans and took off? where were these notes located that you're speaking of? >> they were in a purse. a large container purse that one of the -- the h
. in an interview, he talked about the release of shourd and said he would like to see some reciprocation from the u.s. >> true that the islamic republic of iran took a humanitarian measure and released one of the three individuals who entered our borders, miss sarah shourd. now, you may be aware that eight iranian are illegally being detained in the united states. so, i believe that it would not be misplaced to ask that the u.s. government should make a humanitarian gesture to release the iranian who were illegally arrested and detained here in the united states. >> the hikers' families have asked for a meeting with ahminedjad while he was in new york, but no word on whether it will happen. hear more from ahminedjad on "larry king live." >>> bp's oil well is officially dead. federal officials made the announcement before 7:00 this morning. pressure testing overnight confirmed the so-called bottom kill procedure add worked. had worked. oil stopped flowing two months ago, but it took until now to build another. >>> you had the tea party express, this california-based group, come in at the last minute i
. join us every week for your money. also logon to cnnmoney.com. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> on ts ninth anniversary of from heightened emotio ground zero to the proposed sight of the islamic center. and ahead at 3:00 eastern time, a closer look at that deadly pipeline explosion in california outside san francisco. could something like that happen where you live? and at 4:00, another perspective on the islamic center. we'll talk to jurrjensists fra sweden, south africa as well as israel. in that straight ead here the news room. the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks had arrived with sorrow and with debate. the deadliest acts of terrorism in the u.s. history was remembered this morningith memorial services in york, washington as well as pennsylvania. but the focus has shifted this an rnoon to plans now for islamic center nea the sight of the new york attack. a march in suort of the center started at the top of the hour and we understand a protest is also about to get underway. let's begin with ssan candiotti. >> reporter: at this hour, both sides are starting
shourd is released after being held for more than a year. reza sayah will join us from pakistan shortly to tell us more about the release and cost $500,000 to get her bail paid. >>> also happening right now, a multi-state manhunt for this doctor, a phoenix area pediatrician suspected of distributing child porn. the fbi says that the dr. luna may have fled from arizona to texas, california illinois or mexico. all places he has called home some point. last week, the doctor under house arrest and required to wear an angle monitoring bracelet but officers say he just cut it off and bolted. keep in mind this is a man whose jobs is to care for our sick, vulnerable kids. and he's charged with five counts of distributing child pornography in interstate commerce. these neighbors, some children were treated at the suspect's office. >> i don't know why anyone would want to indulge in child pornography. i think it's horrible. >> reporter: doctor luna's arrest shocked parents and neighbors. he is accused of sharing thousands of files of child porn online. >> if in fact he did do it, he should never
on their situation. a reporter will join us live later on. >>> in the meantime in this country, bp's broken well in the gulf of mexico is about to be permanently sealed. today bp officials pumped cement into the bottom of the well. once cement is set, a final pressure test will be conducted. if that's successful, the well will be officially declared dead. it ruptured five months ago causing the largest oil spill in u.s. history. joining us by phone, the u.s. coast guard's on scene incident commander, rear admiral. thanks so much for your time. give me an how relieved you are at this juncture because of this progress taking place today? >> fredricka, that's certainly good news the well is dead but certainly the operation lives on. we're actually 66 days since no oil was discharged from that well. we still have 600 miles of shoreline from florida to louisiana that have been impacted. in fact, today i have over 25,000 people out there doing very intense and high heat conditions cleanup along those 600 miles. that will continue for some period of time. another concern has been, where did the rest of
and the district of columbia. we are spotlighting the hot races. paul steinhauser joining us live from washington, d.c. paul, delaware and, let's say, new hampshire top our list because of what we like to call the tea party factor. >> reporter: you are absolutely right. this last big round of primaries this year, and you've got that kind of crisis going on there on the republican side in the primaries. tea party backed candidates and conservative candidates taking on and gaining strength at the expense of the mainstream republican candidates. long-time did republican candidate mike castle is being challenged by christine o'donnell, backed by the tea party express is gaining strength. this could come down to the wire. this would be a huge victory for the tea party if she wins. in new hampshire, something similar as well. you have the former attorney general up there of new hampshire, kelly ayotte, backed by the establishment republicans, but a guy called oh vid lamontagne, run before up there, he is a conservative and outsider. he is gaining strength. if he wins, another big victory for the tea pa
today, largely because it's not very useful. the white house released the president's speech yesterday so everybody could get their head around it and read it in advance. president obama doesn't always stick to the script, but we have a general sense what he'll say. as we wait for the president to begin we're going to tell you about some of the focus points of his speech. now, joining us to talk about it, we've got good people here who know a lot about education. first of all, our cnn education contributor steve perry on the left of the screen in hartford, connecticut. with me here no new york, tony mullen, teaches at-risk students. here with me. he was the 2009 teacher of the year. national teacher of the year. cnn suzanne malveaux is with the president in philadelphia and senior correspondent ed henry at the white house. let me start with steve. steve, what's your sense of what the president is going to say and what value this is going to bring to students and, of course, not just the students across the country who will hear him but their parents and teachers, more importantly? >> w
's not a local crackpot running for dog catcher. it's christine o'donnell, a republican nominee for u.s. senate and a darling of the surging tea party movement. here's her surprising claim resurfacing from a 1999 interview. >> i dabbled into witchcraft. i never joined a coven. >> you were a witch? >> i didn't join a coven. let's get this straight. >> i love this, you're a witch. you go i was a witch. wait. >> that's exactly why. because -- because i dabbled into witchcraft, hung around people doing these things. i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. >> okay. her kmenltds are raising eyeb w eyebrows and concerns from the gop establishment. but what matters most of what voters are thinking just six weeks ahead of the midterm elections. jim acosta will join wisconsin the results of a weekend straw poll. and john avalon looks at her mission, damage control. o'donnell canceled two sunday talk show appearances after this came to light. and now you are calling her the new queen of wing nuts. >> ah, the queen of the wing nuts. this week she was clear to say she was not a wing
shot there, but we are expecting conditions to go downhill. now, what about the u.s.? are we going to see any impact here? you bet we are, the same we did with earl and danielle. we've got a high risk of rip currents here on the atlantic coast, particularly bad into the carolinas. another thing that we're keeping our eye on is that disturbance in the gulf of mexico. maybe a little moisture from karl got wrapped up in this, but this is an upper level disturbance. right now it doesn't have a circulation, so it's not a tropical storm or a tropical depression. it's a wave or cluster of thunderstorms. the concern here is not necessarily that it has much time to turn into a tropical storm, but it a es going to bring torrential downpours. the rain from houston toward the south and west. flood watches in effect here. 3 to 5 inches expected and texas has been hard hit with a couple of different tropical depressions and storms already in the last couple of weeks. so adding more insult to injury with all this moisture, we're going to likely see river flooding as well as flash flooding from so
, as much as 70% of incomes to u.s. treasury. mid-50s, 91%. t after world jus war ii, check that out. this is is not a mistake. the nation's top income tax rate was a staggering 94%. now, right now, 2010, the goal, juice the economy without ballooning the deficit anymore than necessary. supporters the tax relief say extra income translates directly intoxtra spending. the less you earn the more likely you are to save, to uses the money that you not pay in taxes for daily expenses. taxes for the wealth hey a more round-about effect. might be have extra spending but also the possibility of more saving and investi. the investing part to lead to more hiring. especially if you invest in a start-up business. hired more people. those people spend andve a verc virtuous cycle begins. not a sure thin. republicans and some democrats want to keep the bush tax rates for everybody. president obama saysri keeping e richest 2% or 3% at current rates would ad $700 billion to the deficit. we expect to hear live from the president in just just about an hour from a backyard in irfax, virginia. somebody's
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in the u.s. following her release last week. shourd was let go after she reportedly found a lump in her breast, but now she says that doctors in oman told her she is physically well. shourd is one of three american hikers detained by iran after they allegedly crossed over the border from iraq in july of 2009. well, today she thanked iran for letting her go, but called on the country to release her fiance shane bauer and their friend josh fattal. shourd's arrival comes as iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad is visiting new york. he's in town for the united nations general assembly session that begins tomorrow. in an interview with abc, ahmadinejad talked about the release of sarah shourd and said he would like to see some reciprocation from the u.s. >> translator: it's true that the islamic republic of iran took a humanitarian measure and released one of the three individuals who entered our borders miss sarah shourd. this was a huge humanitarian gesture. now you may be aware that eight iranians are illegally being detained in the united states, so i believe that it would not be mispla
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